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Sky Bet Football League Team of the Week

8 December 2014

We pick out 11 top performers and a manager from the week's Sky Bet Football League matches.

Goalkeeper: Andy Lonergan (Bolton Wanderers)

Lonergan and his opposite number, Reading's Adam Federici, were on form at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday in a 0-0 draw, but we've selected the Trotters' stopper for the Team of the Week after he made a number of impressive saves.

Defender: Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday)

Dielna was introduced in the closing stages of the Owls' match at Blackburn to add defensive stability, but he turned out to be the hero by scoring a last-gasp winner for Stuart Gray's side, sending the travelling supporters into raptures. A bold choice, considering he was only on the pitch for a short while, but his goal was decisive, and manager Gray felt the victory was deserved.

Defender: Cyrus Christie (Derby County)

Like Chambers, Derby's Christie shone at full-back, in the Rams' 3-0 victory against Brighton. Steve McClaren's side were dominant from the start and Christie assisted Chris Martin for one of his two goals. Manager McClaren hailed his side for the manner in which they responded to last weekend's defeat to Leeds.

Midfielder: Almen Abdi (Watford)

Abdi was at the double in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Friday night when Watford thumped Fulham 5-0. His first was a low free-kick, while his second was a stunning, curling drive from 25 yards.

Midfielder: Jonny Howson (Norwich City)

Norwich picked up their first win in five by beating Wigan 1-0 and Howson, who has been on good form recently, was the man who scored the game's only goal, smashing a shot past Latics goalkeeper Scott Carson.

Midfielder: Tom Lawrence (Rotherham United)

Cardiff and Rotherham failed to produce any goals in an uneventful game in South Wales but Millers midfielder Lawrence, who's on loan from Leicester, performed particularly well. Boss Steve Evans described the 20-year-old as 'unplayable' in the first half on Saturday.

Midfielder: Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town)

In his 100th Huddersfield appearance, winger Scannell was influential for the Terriers when they beat Brentford 2-1. He netted the opening goal of the game by firing home a low Nahki Wells cross.

Striker: Chris Martin (Derby County)

Martin ended a four-game goal drought by netting a brace for Derby against Brighton, as the Rams maintained their place at the Sky Bet Championship summit. The front man now has eight goals in his last eight games against Brighton, including Play-Off matches.

Striker: Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough)

Like Martin, Vossen was also enduring a goal drought, but the Genk loanee's was far more severe as he hadn't scored in 12 since making the switch to the Riverside. It's fair to say he ended that in some style, though, hitting a hat-trick at Millwall in Boro's 5-1 success.

Striker: Troy Deeney (Watford)

Deeney was another striker to bag a treble at the weekend, with his coming on Friday at Fulham. It was a fine performance from the 26-year-old and manager Slavisa Jokanovic said his side were close to perfect in the comfortable victory.

Manager: Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town)

Ipswich recorded their fifth win in an unbeaten run of seven games by beating Leeds 4-1 despite falling behind early on. That result kept them just a point behind Sky Bet Championship leaders Derby and boss McCarthy described it as his side's best performance this season.

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